European Beech Work bench

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Project by Matthew Kanomata posted 07-04-2014 04:07 PM 3776 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this work bench about a month ago. Its made of European beech, with a 3’’ thick work surface. The bench’s design is based on Phil Lowe’s bench featured on Finewoodworkings web site. the drawers have dovetail construction, with a book matched cherry door panel. The bench is extremely heavy, I guessing its about 500 pounds. I am currently moving the shop from Calhoun GA to Grass valley CA. So my beloved work bench had to be put in storage for a bit. But Im really looking forward to what my next shop is going to be like!

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 05:40 PM

Very nice work. I like the flush mount drawers and door.

Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 06:05 PM

Nice crafted and a great bench design too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 06:45 PM

some day i want to have enough skill to make a bench like that!its awesome

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 11:59 PM

Compact and heavy. I am sure it will last through a lifetime of building. Congratulations

-- Ben in Va

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 03:03 AM

great bench

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 06:12 PM

Nicely completed, well thought out, lots of storage areas and a great self accomplishment, thank you for sharing this piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 02:51 AM

you will love Grass Valley. close to reno and sac, but more… beautiful and serene. awesome bench btw. if i ever get around to a bench, it will be a joinery bench made out of beech.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#8 posted 08-01-2014 01:10 AM

Very nice bench. I have wanted to do one for quite some time, but I just have not been able to drop that amount of money on that amount of wood in one shot. I currently have about half the wood I need for my top, and the legs, so hopefully soon….. Thank you for posting, nice elegant bench.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#9 posted 10-30-2014 09:41 PM

Wow! Looks as great as Phil’s!

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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